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Molasses

VVRS General Produce – Molasses

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Molasses is a by-product of the sugar cane industry. Blackstrap molasses or final molasses is the by-product from which the maximum amount of sugar has been extracted. Blackstrap molasses is usually diluted with water to a standard brix of 79.5 degrees.The brix value indicates the specific gravity of the molasses in degrees. At 79.5 degrees brix molasses weighs 1.39 kg per litre.

The undiluted blackstrap molasses is usually between 79 and 85 degrees brix.Nutritionally, molasses is used as an energy source. Its protein level is low. Molasses is a useful ingredient for improving the palatability of the diet, reducing the dustiness and serving as a binder. It also has a laxative effect.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

• Molasses has been successfully used in diets for young and old pigs and poultry. High levels of inclusion in layer diets have been shown to cause an increase in the incidence of wet droppings with a subsequent decrease in feed efficiency. This is due to its high mineral content (mainly potassium).

• Similarly, molasses will cause diarrhoea in pigs or calves if fed at high levels.

LIMITATIONS

• See the following table for suggested maximum levels of molasses in complete feeds for each animal and stages of production.

• The high potassium level in molasses should be considered when feeding to pre calving dairy cows. The high mineral content will affect the DCAD balance which is used to control milk fever.

DELETERIOUS SUBSTANCES

The high mineral content (mainly potassium) is responsible for the scouring and wet droppings seen when molasses is fed to pigs and poultry at high levels.

STORAGE

Sealed tank or 1 tonne module.

EXPIRY AFTER MANUFACTURE

Best used within 12 months from the date of manufacture.

PACK SIZE

1 tonne module, 12t or 26t bulk tanker.

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